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Annual or perennial herb, often rhizomed, often of wet open places, generally monoecious; roots fibrous, hairy
Stem generally 3-sided
Leaves often 3-ranked; sheath generally closed; ligule generally 0; blade (0) various, parallel-veined
Inflorescence: spikelets variously clustered; flowers generally sessile in axil of flower bract
Flower small, generally wind-pollinated; perianth 0 or bristle-like; stamens generally 3, anthers attached at base, 4-chambered; ovary superior, 1-chambered, 1-ovuled, style 23-branched
Fruit: achene, generally 3-sided
Genera in family: ± 110 genera, 3600 species: worldwide, especially temp
Reference: [Tucker 1987 J Arnold Arbor 68:361445]
Difficult: taxa differ in technical characters of inflorescence and fruit.
Annual or perennial herb, glabrous
Stems generally > 1, erect, 2100 cm, 3-angled or round
Leaves basal; blades 0 or linear
Inflorescence: bracts 19, leaf-like, spreading or erect; rays < 10 cm; spikelets flat to ± cylindric; flower bracts 2-ranked, 1 per flower, 236 per spikelet
Flower bisexual; perianth 0; stigmas generally 3
Fruit (ob)ovoid, generally 3-angled, brown, generally not beaked
Etymology: (Greek: name for 1 sp.)
Reference: [Tucker 1983 Syst Bot Monogr 2:185]
Mature fruit generally needed for identification. C. unioloides R. Br. and C. virens Michx. probably only waifs in CA.
Perennial 1090 cm
Inflorescence: bracts 48, 350 cm; rays 010, 20100 mm; spikelets 2070, 520 mm, flat, oblong, in spheric heads 1.54 cm wide; flower bracts 612 per spikelet, 22.3 mm, ovate-lanceolate, beige; tip acute
Fruit 1.21.4 mm, stalked, finely reticulate, black or dark brown; tip beaked
Ecology: Vernal pools, streambanks, ditches
Elevation: 0700 m.
Bioregional distribution: California Floristic Province
Distribution outside California: Oregon; also temperate S.America
Horticultural information: STBL; INV.